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Germany’s political and economic phoney war

By Paul Taylor
May 1, 2009

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Don’t rush the Chinese to become big spenders

By Wei Gu
April 22, 2009

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As the financial crisis forces American consumers to curb their shopping binges, the world starts to realize that China's high savings level has some upsides, marking Chinese consumption as the most resilient in the world.

Apocalypse Now: A return to high borrowing, high taxes and weak growth

April 22, 2009

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–Gerard Lyons is chief economist at Standard Chartered. Any opinions expressed are his own. –

from Luke Baker:

In for a penny, in for £175 billion

April 22, 2009

It may not be tax and spend exactly, but it's definitely tax and borrow.

For the best part of 12 years, Labour has pursued essentially conservative (with a small 'c') economic policies, steadily underburdening itself of the 'fiscally unreliable' tag that some earlier Labour administrations were (wrongly or rightly) saddled with.

Little room for manoeuvre in budget

April 21, 2009

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–Gerard Lyons is chief economist at Standard Chartered. The opinions expressed are his own. Lyons will also blog his post-budget thoughts on The Great Debate.–

from Africa News blog:

Time to stop aid for Africa? An argument against

By Reuters Staff
February 23, 2009

Earlier this month, Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo argued that Africa needs Western countries to cut long term aid that has brought dependency, distorted economies and fuelled bureaucracy and corruption. The comments on the blog posting suggested that many readers agreed. In a response, Savio Carvalho, Uganda country director for aid agency Oxfam GB, says that aid can help the continent escape poverty - if done in the right way:

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Rising unemployment gravest threat to U.S. and UK

February 10, 2009

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Rising unemployment is the now the largest single threat to attempts to stabilize the banking system through recapitalization and assets swaps designed to remove toxic assets from bank balance sheets.

from Africa News blog:

Time to stop aid for Africa?

February 5, 2009

Far from being all bad news for Africa, the global financial crisis is a chance to break a dependence on development aid that has kept it in poverty, argues Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo, who has just published a new book “Dead Aid”.

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Building a three-legged stool

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2009

lawrence Lawrence Bloom is deputy chairman of Noble Cities and chairman of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Urban Management. His views are his own –

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From financial crisis to sustainable global economy

January 28, 2009

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